The Screaming Squirrels lost their first game of the winter season, falling 5-1 to the Homerhawks in Rockville.
Though the final score showed otherwise, the game wasn’t overly dominated by the Homerhawks, but the Squirrels couldn’t penetrate through their defense and get quality shots on goal.The Squirrels’ lone goal came in the first period when Juan Canchasto centered from the boards to Adam Hughes, who shot it in to tie the score at 1-1. The Squirrels previously lost to the Homerhawks at the end of the Summer season, 5-2.
Next up for the Squirrels are the Cobras, 9:30 at Wells in College Park.
The Screaming Squirrels won their first game of the season Sunday with a 5-0 victory against the Barbarians at Tucker Road. Playing with a shortened roster, the Squirrels showed little rust despite a 16-day layoff. Goaltender Drew Thiemann earned the shutout behind a defense that only allowed 13 shots, the least since allowing five in an August match. Five different goal scorers led the offense while posting 30 shots. Winger Juan Canchasto scored a goal and had two assists while dominating the corners down low, setting up teammates seemingly at will through the Barbarians defense. Defenseman Don Marks tacked on three assists from the blue line.
The game was halted twice in the second period as two Barbarians, including the goaltender, shook off injuries. Ben Sumner, Jared Genser, Greg Wenograd, and Wade Marks also scored for the Squirrels, who will next face the Homerhawks on Sunday in Rockville.
The Screaming Squirrels opened our first full season of Hockey North America play by skating to a 5-5 tie with the Vikings. The scoring was back and forth with the Vikings taking a lead with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game. With just over a minute to go, the Squirrels took their time out, and with less than a minute remaining pulled the goalie. With only 17 ticks left on the clock, Adam Hughes took a shot off the pass from Don Marks and the rebound caromed up into the air. Greg Wenograd and Juan Canchasto were waiting in front of the crease as the puck came down, and Juan was able to put it in the back of the net. The Screaming Squirrels then skated a 5 minute, running clock, overtime with the Vikings and tied their first game while wearing the new road jerseys.
After starting the season 6-0, the Screaming Squirrels Ice team was moved up to the C division in the summer season of HNA. Including last night’s defeat to the Homerhawks, the Squirrels finished the season with three consecutive losses and find themselves on the outside looking in for the playoffs.
While disappointed in the results of the summer, we can now turn our attention towards the fall season, and look forward to being competitive in our new division. The season will begin towards the end of October, with a schedule to be released shortly. Our jerseys should also be in this week, so look back soon for photos of our new road uniforms.